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Plantin - Moretus Museum

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Address: Vrijdagmarkt 22, Antwerp, Belgium
Phone Number: 32 03 221 1450
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Description: Printing museum which contains the two oldest printing presses in the...
Printing museum which contains the two oldest printing presses in the world, complete sets of dies and matrices, and the full archive of the Plantin printing company.
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Very interesting & worth the cost!

Unimposing ticket entrance but wonderful exhibits. Enough in English so can be more widely enjoyed than other sites & sights. A highlight of my stay in Antwerp. Better than... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Unimposing ticket entrance but wonderful exhibits. Enough in English so can be more widely enjoyed than other sites & sights. A highlight of my stay in Antwerp. Better than Rubens' House.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The museum in an old building had a good selection of old printing presses and related equipment. For anybody interested in the history of printing and publishing it is a must.

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Kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

What an amazing museum. It has UNESCO world heritage status which is not surprising given the unique history displayed within. There are some of the first printing presses, the first atlas and a couple of Gutenberg bibles. I would whole-heartedly recommend that you pay the extra two Euros for the audio guide. This guide went into amazing detail about each... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is not a museum but an original and intact printing company and editor of the 16th till the 18th century. Estonishing collection of old manuscripts and books. Don't miss this place if you visit Antwerp.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

history of Spanish influence in Antwerp, printing and maps from the earliest days and the greatest names of it

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This was recommended by the fabulously helpful and enthusiastic adviser at the tourist information office atthe Central Station. The building is beautiful, and has been superbly and thoughtfully maintained, with a lovely courtyard garden. It's the site of the world's first 'industrial' printer, and is filled with antique printing equipment as well as antiquarian books and other printed ephemera. It... More 

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Kent, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Very interesting print museum in lovely old building in the old part of Antwerp close to the river 'Schelde' Well worth a visit as is the area.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We'd heard this museum was well worth visiting, but hadn't expected anything quite so exceptional. Named for two pioneer 16th-century printers, Christophe Plantin and his son-in-law Jan Moretus, it's housed in a superb old mansion on four sides around a superb central courtyard. Packed with pictures, books, documents and machinery, it gives a vivid picture of life and work in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This is a Unesco site and not to be missed as far as history and house museums are concerned. There is so much here of interest to people interested in history, geography, printing, humanism, economy of low countries, religious studies, anatomy, libraries, manuscripts, cartography ....etc. In Antwerp, do not miss this one. Use the audio guide.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We are not really the travelers who prefer to spend a lot of time in museums but this one is definitely worth a visit, despite the rather high entrance fee (EUR 8). We learnt a lot about the printing business, mentally travelling back a few centuries. In today's world it's hard to imagine how much effort it needed to publish... More 

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